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On Tue, 24 Dec 13 04:54:13 UTC Erich (19) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be without the people close to me.
Where would you like to live?
New York, London, or Paris (maybe).
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Living out the ambitions I work to realize.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Characters with an intelligence I'm interested in understanding.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Madonna, Pablo Picasso, Karl Marx, Frantz Fanon, Cardinal Richelieu
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My mother, my godmother, and my grandmother.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Janie, Mikage Sakurai, Edna Pontellier.
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
The quality you most admire in a man?
Authentic kindness, intelligence, an energetic quality, soulfulness
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Intelligence, directness, elegance, good taste.
Your favorite virtue?
Temperance and moderation.
Your favorite occupation?
Reading, writing about, thinking about interesting ideas.
Who would you have liked to be?
Either the male Madonna or the male Susan Sontag; perhaps both.
Your most marked characteristic?
Confidence tempered with practicality.
What do you most value in your friends?
Warmth, maturity, a critical eye.
What is your principle defect?
An inability to stop re-thinking or re-examining.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To lose the ability to think critically.
What would you like to be?
A professor, a critic, a writer, a father.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
White tulips, peonies.
What is your favorite bird?
the Crane.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Susan Sontag, Nora Ephron, David Sedaris.
Who are your favorite poets?
Frank O'Hara, Emily Dickinson.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Madonna, Hillary Clinton, my parents.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Margaret Thatcher, Coretta Scott-King, Madonna, Anna Wintour.
What are your favorite names?
Nadja, Emmanuelle, David, Alan, Joan.
What is it you most dislike?
The stupid things that people say, laziness.
What historical figures do you most despise?
George W. Bush
What event in military history do you most admire?
"Admire" is a strong word for anything military-related.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Laser-focus concentration for hours on end.
How would you like to die?
In a position to accept death.
What is your present state of mind?
Calm, calculating.
What is your motto?
"Plan your work, and work your plan."

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